Community Resources

The San Mateo City Council has begun the process to transition to district elections and is initiating a community-engagement initiative that will influence how voters elect future council members.

Currently, voters across the entire City elect all five City Council members through an at-large elections system. A district-based election is one in which the City is divided into separate districts, each with one City council member who resides in the district and is chosen by the voters in that particular district.

As a North Central community we need to ensure the people of this neighborhood are well represented by a city council member that shares our experiences and needs, and we need to participate to guard against gerrymandering that could reduce our political voice.

Define your community

One of the primary goals of this process is to keep communities together within each district. U.S. Census data will be used to balance the population of each San Mateo City Council District.

Complete this form to tell the City Council about your community of interest – so it can be preserved in the new district lines.

Attend a public meeting: The city will be holding a series of virtual public hearing and community workshops to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. At these events you can share feedback and suggestions for new district lines in the City of San Mateo

Neighborhood Statistics

  • Area: 1.066 square miles
  • Population: 18,962
    North Central Population Density: 17,794 people per square mile
    San Mateo Population Density: 8,473 people per square mile
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City & County Resources

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Littering & Dumping

Take the Pledge to Love North Central & join us for a Neighborhood Clean Up Day!

  • (650) 595-3900 Recology
    Schedule free curbside pick ups for bulk items twice a year

  • (650) 522-7300 Public Works
    Report illegal dumping on public property online or clogged storm drain. Request shopping cart retrieval.

  • (650) 522-7150 Code Enforcement
    Report dumping on private property.

  • (888) 886-0766 Report Graffiti
    or download the mySanMateo App (iPhone or Android)

  • FREE toxic drop off at SMC Health (32 Tower Rd) dump your old paint and cleaners, aerosol spray cans, chemicals. Schedule online:

  • Free Mattress Drop-Off @ San Carlos Transfer Station located in the San Carlos Environmental Center333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos
    Monday – Friday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


HIP housing is a readily available resource for low-cost housing in San Mateo and helps provide a home for over 1,000 people every year through he property it owns and manages, it’s Home Sharing, Self-Sufficiency, and reverse Mortgage Consumer Counseling programs.

Minor Home Repair Program offers home repairs to improve health and safety, housing accessibility modifications, and energy efficiency retrofit measures to income qualified individuals.



  • Police non-emergency line: (650) 522-7700
  • North Central Lieutenant Ryan Monaghan (Area 2):, (650) 522-7683
  • Sign up for Nixel to receive alerts from City of San Mateo Police
  • Register for SMC ALERT, an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations.
  • Sign up for a FREE Get Ready Disaster Preparedness Class

Your involvement in Neighborhood Watch will directly affect the crime rate of your North Central neighborhood. On average, Neighborhood Watch Blocks are 84% safer than non-Neighborhood Watch Blocks (Department of Justice, 2012). Find out why! Neighborhood Watch Presentation

Public Education

Civic Engagement & Voting